By Alex Bell
22 February 2013
The High Court has postponed a court application by the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), which is seeking to delay the start of the constitutional referendum.
The referendum has been set for three weeks time on 16th March, when Zimbabweans will have 12 hours to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on the new charter for the country.
That process will ultimately decide if and when a general election can be called.
The NCA is now trying to have the referendum date moved to at least two months later, saying there is not enough time for Zimbabweans to analyse, question and debate the contents of the draft.
The group filed their application on Tuesday and the matter was meant to be heard on Friday morning at the High Court. But the NCA was notified through a letter that Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe, would not be able to attend to the matter as he had “State duties”.
The matter is now set to be heard on Monday.